The Hendrix College Warriors are back in action this week against Trinity after having last week off.
After falling to now No. 10 Berry in a 35-14 rainy Saturday, the Warriors (1-6, 0-5 Southern Athletic Association) are running out of opportunities to pick up its first win in an injury-riddled season with three games left.
The final three-game stretch to pick up that win starts Saturday in its final home game of the season when Hendrix hosts Trinity.
The Warriors have struggled to maintain consistency all season as one facet or another has not played up to par whether that being injuries or mistakes.
Hendrix lost preseason all-American junior quarterback Miles Thompson after initially getting injured in the season’s opening game against Lyon before getting hurt once again the next week against Texas Lutheran and has been out ever since.
Junior Mason Doerr has filled in and has had some good games while also trying to figure things out seemingly on the fly for the offense.
Earlier in the season, Hendrix coach Buck Buchanan said Doerr was throwing well but he made mistakes but when things would go right for him, others would make mistakes.
However, Doerr and the offense developed some chemistry in a pair of losses to Sewanee and Birmingham-Southern. Doerr was named the conference player of the week for his performance against the Panthers where he threw for 415 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Against Berry, Doerr went down earlier and headed to the sidelines.
He came back into the game sparingly before freshman quarterback Deondre Henry came in for relief and completed just 25 percent of his passes.
He did run for 69 yards and a touchdown on the day, however.
Trinity (4-3, 3-2 SAA) comes in after seeing mixed results on the season in the record books.
The Tigers sit in a third place tie in the conference with Birmingham-Southern.
Trinity has picked up wins against McMurry (44-0), BSC (24-17), (Rhodes (24-7) and Sewanee (28-14).
The Tigers’ losses came in close affairs, falling to Hardin-Simmons (42-33), Millsaps (10-7) and Centre (33-28).
Trinity comes into the game giving up 17.6 points per game, which is good for third in the conference, while giving up 361.3 yards per game, which is fifth in the SAA.
By contrast, Hendrix enters as the eighth ranked defense in both points per game and yards per game, giving up 33.3 points and 418.6 yards per game.
Both offenses are toward the middle of the pack with Trinity in fourth in points per game at 26.9 and Hendrix sixth with 21.7.
Trinity is led on offense by running back Evan McDowell, who is leading the conference in rushing yards per game with 78.1 yards per game. He has ran for three touchdowns on the season. On defense, the Tigers are led by defensive backs Robert Kuhne and Nic Hover, who leads the team in tackles with 43 and 42 respectively.
Tomorrow’s game kicks off at noon at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium with a possible chance for showers at kickoff and throughout the game.